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Merrick School of Business

Seema Iyer

Seema D. Iyer, Ph.D.

Associate Director of the Jacob France Institute and Research Assistant Professor

Department of Finance and Economics
Office: Business Center 363
Phone: 410.837.5797

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania
  • Study Abroad, Moscow Energy Institute

Seema D. Iyer, PhD is Director of the Real Estate and Economic Development (REED) program in the Merrick School of Business (MSB). She also is associate director for the Jacob France Institute (JFI) — MSB’s economic research center. She oversees the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance at JFI which collects, integrates and disseminates community-based quality of life indicators. BNIA-JFI annually produces the City's Vital Signs report that "takes the pulse" of what's going on in Baltimore's neighborhoods. She is a recognized expert on data issues and strategic planning for communities having most recently worked on the McElderry Park Byrne Criminal Justice planning grant, Community Needs Assessment for the Family League of Baltimore and Baltimore City Head Start. Prior to joining UB, Iyer was chief of research and strategic planning for the Baltimore City Department of Planning and managed Baltimore's division responsible for data and policy analysis, geographic information systems services and population forecasting. She spearheaded part of the city's critical planning efforts as director of the 2010 Census Complete Count Campaign and co-chair of its 2009 Food Policy Task Force. In 2008, she managed the city's planning grant to develop the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. Iyer holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has extensive international research experience gained through her study of comprehensive planning strategies in post-socialist countries.

Intellectual Contributions

Book Chapters

Iyer, S. (2015). Data Sharing, Power Asymmetries and Inclusive Knowledge Management in Collaborative Innovation Processes: Lessons from a Failed Collaboration Stat in Baltimore City. M.E. Sharpe Press.

Written Case



Iyer, S. (2011). How Baltimore Grows.


Cantora, A., Iyer, S., & . Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, "“You Can’t Stop Crime Here”: Understanding Local Crime Problems in East Baltimore.," Orlando, Florida. (2015).

Cantora, A., Iyer, S., & Restivo, L. Academy of Criminal Justice Science Conference, "Conducting Focus Groups to Understand Drivers of Urban Crime," Philadelphia, PA. (2014).

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Iyer, Seema (Principal), "Baltimore Pipeline" Sponsored by Association of Builders and Contractors--Baltimore, Local, $24000. (2014).

Research in Progress

"Connecting People to Place" (On-Going)